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The title for Blitz the Ambassador’s first album, Soul Rebel (2004), explains perfectly the message he is trying to convey to his listeners. Throughout Blitz’s album he calls himself a Soul Rebel because he stands up for what he believes is right through the lyrics of his songs.

Soul Rebel was a good album! Blitz raps in English through out the whole album and you can clearly understand what he is saying. For his first album Blitz’s lyrical content and the quality of his music was good and I’m anticipating for his other albums to be even better.

Blitz the Ambassador introduces his album with track 1 “Foundation”. He states that no matter what ethnicity or social class we belong to, we all have experienced the struggle and are all involved in it. He also gives thanks to all the people who have laid a foundation for us Americans.

One thing I noticed about Soul Rebel was that in the beginning of 5 out of 9 tracks, it opens up with an introduction to the song. On track 6, “Uhuru”, helicopters flying around with gun shot sounds and track 8, “Movement”, people clapping with a trumpet playing in the background. I respect Blitz for this approach to his music because it adds flavor to his album and it creates a distinction of his music from other Hip Hop artist.

He does not talk about much about his immigration experience or immigration in general but he mainly covers social and political topics. One of my favorite songs “Self  Portrait”, goes into detail about Blitz’s childhood. The style of this song is mainly Hip Hop with a little bit of Jazz. He talks about his personal experience living in Ghana from birth to a young boy. In the 1980’s, Ghana’s military barge into his house and kill a man right in front of his mother who is pregnant with Blitz. This song shows a little bit of how dangerous some African militaries can be and how the government is reckless. A social topic Blitz talks about in his album is the misfortunes of the Black community. In track 5, “Black Market”, he speaks on the cocaine epidemic, non educated blacks, the percentage of blacks in jail, things blacks are doing to get famous and how Africans are slaves to the International Monetary Fund. He came to the conclusion that we African Americans are either breaking the black market by going to college, being successful, having a job etc or we are participating in the black statistics by drug dealing, not getting an education, degrading women etc. To solve this Blitz states “while your balling for separation, I say we got to unite”.

In the track titled “Uhuru”, Blitz the Ambassador represents Ghana in two ways. First, the song has a beat that illustrates the afrobeat style. It has a conga drum sound, trombone, an a man saying a chant. Secondly, Blitz says the colors of the Ghana flag and explains what each color means to him. “Red is for the blacks we set, gold is for the wealth and green is the goal for my health and black is for the gun on my shelf”. At the end of the song he says that the struggle aka Uhuru is worldwide, from Africa to America.

To end Blitz’s bold statements in Soul Rebel, he tells the African American community to go out and take a stand for what they believe is just and to join a movement.

 

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